Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva

National Teacher Day – Let’s Celebrate Together

Teachers around the world will celebrate this year’s National Teacher Day on May 5, 2015.  Teaching is more than a career, it is a privilege and an honor to mold our future generation into prominent leaders who will change this world for the better.  Over the next week or so, I plan to reach out to teachers and educators across the world to share their success stories with the public.  Please feel free to comment to this post and share how teaching has changed your life and your student’s life as well.

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3 thoughts on “National Teacher Day – Let’s Celebrate Together

  1. When I think of my success as a teacher, I think of one student. I was teaching Language Arts and this student refused to attempt to read, saying that she couldn’t read. When I insisted on her trying, she would curse me, tip her desk, and storm from the room. As the result of a lot of patience and encouragement, she began to try. She began experiencing reading successes. It was a privilege to attend her graduation and watch her grow into a successful young woman. The toughest kids to work with give me my best memories and sense of success.

  2. As a teacher, I have so many moments of success, some big and some small. One that stands out, is a student who rarely produced work. He was given a mentor essay format to follow. The topic he wrote about really highlighted the dreams and goals he had for himself. Without verbally telling me who he was, he wrote about it. It was a success for me as his teacher, because his awareness, confidence, vision of what it takes to make it, and the fact that he wrote it, meant he had a working template to refer to. Whenever I noticed he wasn’t applying himself, I reminded him of the person he told me he was and wanted to be in life in that essay. Then, I would see a shift in his attitude, more class participation and completed work. The student who seemed tuned out, was actually tuned in and was able to broadcast his goals and dreams in his essay.

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